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Detroit passing attack nails Ravens

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Detroit passing attack nails Ravens

Detroit wide receiver Calvin Johnson had a lot of fun in Fridays 27-12 win over the Ravens in pre-season game number two. He made five catches for 111 yards and one touchdown, sparking a 17-point second quarter that turned the game around.
But when asked about why the passing game did so well in the second quarter, Johnson said the Ravens trying so hard to get a good pass rush by blitzing may have helped them.
They were blitzing a lot. When that happens, they leave their defensive backs on an island, Johnson said. When that happens, our eyes get wide and we cant wait. Somebody will make a play.
Somebody usually did. Starting quarterback Matthew Stafford completed 12 of 17 passes for 184 yards and two touchdowns. They torched the Ravens secondary throughout the first two quarters, a group that had trouble for the second straight week.
But another group that had trouble directly affects the secondaryand thats the pass rush. The Ravens once more didnt get a whole lot of pressure on a very good quarterback. Stafford had loads of time to stand back there, which isnt good for the defensive backs.
The Ravens also threw a bunch of blitzes at the Lions, which, as Johnson said, kind of leaves the DBs all by themselves. Baltimore finished with no sacks in this game.
Cornerback Lardarius Webb said the defense needs to keep pushing and trying to get better.
We still have to put that work in, he said. We say we want to be the best, but we have to come out and play like were the best. It all starts in practice. I guarantee you that when we go back t practice, were going to work like were playing four quarters.

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Fellow dance student of Ravens' Alex Collins fatally shot in Florida school shooting

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Fellow dance student of Ravens' Alex Collins fatally shot in Florida school shooting

On Wednesday, February 14, a horrific school shooting claimed the lives of 17 innocent people at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla. 

The tragic event impacted people far and wide, and hit especially close to home for Ravens running back Alex Collins.

The former Arkansas star was born in Plantation, Fla., a suburb of Fort Lauderdale and went to high school just 15 miles south of Douglas High School. 

In the offseason, Collins took Irish dancing lessons to improve his footwork, and following the act of terror, the Ravens' tailback learned that one of his dance partners had been killed in the mass shooting.

17-year-old Cara Loughran attended The Drake school of Irish Dance with Collins in addition to two other Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School students and was fatally shot by the gunman on Wednesday afternoon. 

Collins took to his Twitter account to issue this heartfelt message.

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“The school shooting yesterday hit home,” Collins wrote.

“We received confirmation a few hours ago we lost one of the girls, Cara Loughran. Two other girls saw and experienced unspeakable tragedy. My heart goes out to these girls, all their families and their teacher Chrissy.”

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Baltimore Ravens to take on Chicago Bears in Hall of Fame game

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Baltimore Ravens to take on Chicago Bears in Hall of Fame game

BALTIMORE -- The Baltimore Ravens and Chicago Bears will launch the NFL's 99th season by playing in the annual Hall of Fame game on Aug. 2.

The Ravens' first appearance in the Hall of Fame game, which launches the league's 2018 Enshrinement Week. Former Baltimore linebacker Ray Lewis is among the inductees, along with former Bears linebacker Brian Urlacher.

Lewis, who played 17 seasons with the Ravens, and Urlacher, who played all of his 13 seasons with Chicago, both were elected on the first ballot.

Lewis joins Jonathan Ogden as the only Ravens in the Hall of Fame. Both were selected by Baltimore in the first round of the 1996 draft.

The other members of the Class of 2018 include Bobby Beathard, Robert Brazile, Brian Dawkins, Jerry Kramer, Randy Moss and Terrell Owens. All will be inducted on Saturday, Aug. 4.

This will be the record-tying fifth time that the Bears will play in the Hall of Fame game. They won the previous four, most recently 27-24 over Miami in 2005.

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